PACE co-rapporteurs reject legitimacy of ‘Abkhaz elections’

Strasbourg, 12.03.2012 – The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), made the following statement in relation to Saturday’s elections in the breakaway region of Abkhazia:

"The so-called parliamentary elections in Abkhazia, as well as the so-called presidential election that will take place on 25 March 2012 in Tskhinvali, cannot be recognised as legitimate. The unilateral declaration of independence of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia is illegitimate under international law and therefore no legal or constitutional basis for these elections exists."